The Spaatz Association exists to:
- Provide a fraternal organization for recipients of the Civil Air Patrol General Carl A. Spaatz Award.
- Promote and maintain the prestige of the General Carl A. Spaatz Award.
- Support and preserve the high standards of achievement required to attain the General Carl A. Spaatz Award.
- Provide an entity to harness the collective energy, enthusiasm, experience, and talent of the General Carl A. Spaatz Award. recipients to assist in making the CAP Cadet Program the finest youth development program in America.
- Promote the development of positive personal characteristics, to include leadership, professionalism, integrity, and perseverance in America’s youth.
Even-year elections include:
- Director Seat # 2
- Director Seat # 4
- Director Seat # 6
- Director Seat # 8
- Director Seat # 10
Odd-year elections include:
- Vice President
- Director Seat # 1
- Director Seat # 3
- Director Seat # 5
- Director Seat # 7
- Director Seat # 9
Current leader biographies are always available on our Association Leaders page.
This list will be updated and posted to The Question Mark online newsletter once the nomination period is complete.
Nominations and Application FAQ
Candidates must be dues-paid members of the Spaatz Association and qualified to hold Association office in every respect.
Director and Officer Positions of the Association are neither “ceremonial” nor “symbolic” positions; each Association leader is expected to actively participate in regularly scheduled Association functions. Additionally, each is expected to champion at least one key project or program for the Association annually.
Candidates are slated for election via a “nomination” or “application” process. This method allows the most inclusive means of assuring that all interested candidates are considered.
“Nomination” involves the traditional advancement of a person for consideration by another. Nominations must include the contact information for the nominee and the nominator. If after reasonable attempts to contact the nominee by the Election Commissioner and the nominee has not responded, the nomination will be considered declined. The nominee must accept their nomination by confirming their interest in running for office.
“Nomination by Application” involves the person advancing themselves for consideration by applying for the position they are interested in. Nominations must include the nominee’s preferred email, mailing address and telephone number. (Members without an email address should establish one on The Association’s website.) It is the nominee’s responsibility to check their emails during the election cycle as this is their primary contact mechanism.
In May 2014, the Board changed the requirements for nomination or application. Effective for the 2014 and all subsequent elections, TWO nominating documents are required:
A resume evidencing the member’s qualifications to serve as a Board Member. This is NOT a CAP resume; rather it is an opportunity for the member to present his or her background and qualifications to serve in the capacity of Officer or Director in a fraternal, non-profit organization with financial assets in excess of $250,000.
A brief statement reflecting the member’s vision for The Association, the goals the member desires to pursue during the term, and how he or she will actively pursue those goals as part of the Working Board.
There is a two-page maximum for both documents. Both items listed above should be separate documents in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
Additionally, a recent head-and-shoulders photograph (in civilian clothes, unless retired from one of the Armed Services or the Civil Air Patrol) to support our new website, along with a 100-word leader biography for the Association Leaders page is required. The photograph should be suitable for publication.
Only candidates who have provided the complete nomination packet by the submission deadline will be considered.
Candidates working with cadets or finances may be asked to submit to a background check. All candidates may be required to complete a conflict of interest questionnaire.
Service on the Board FAQ
Two years, unless reelected, resigned, or removed for cause.
Directors discharge the their governance responsibilities primarily by participating in the Board Meetings convened each year. Currently, monthly meetings (the second Monday of every month) are held via teleconference to discuss operations and programs of The Association. At some point in 2016, teleconferences will become quarterly as the Board moves to an electronic management system. Board members are encouraged, but not required, to attend the annual Mid-Winter Dinner and Awards Gala held in conjunction with the CAP Winter Command Council meeting each Feburary/March, and the Gathering of Diamonds held at annual CAP National Conference.
Participation at meetings is tracked by the National Secretary.
A Director should be able to devote substantial time to matters of The Association. The Board is a “working board” and all Board Members are expected to champion at least one key initiative for The Association annually, or make a substantial contribution of time or financial resources to The Association’s efforts.
Directors select initiatives to champion at their first Board Meeting, and work to develop, update, and implement a strategic plan for those initiatives during their time in office.
A Director must refrain from activities that could reasonably be viewed as conflicting with or possibly influencing the Director’s judgment regarding his or her responsibilities to The Association.
This includes activities that could bring discredit upon The Association.
Directors receive no compensation, and they are not reimbursed for Association related travel, lodging, and meals. A Director’s contribution may be tax deductible, and all Directors are encouraged to consult with a tax professional before filing their taxes.
There are no legal challenges or issues facing the organization at this time.
Yes. All incumbents, if interested in competing for a Board position must apply via the website before the specified deadline in the announcement message..
If you have other questions concerning elections, the election process, or service on the Board of Directors, please contact us.
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